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Is this expression right?

With my good friend, Brian's help, I can skate very well now. I wonder whether this expression is right, since 'Brian's help' and 'my good friend' seem to be in apposition.
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Position of appositive

Sometimes, I confuse a little bit about the position of "appositive". The competitive environment is increasingly complexe and unpredictable , demanding flexibility and quick response to its ...
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“Dobby the house-elf's former owners”

Edging along the second row to three still-empty seats right behind Mr. Weasley were none other than Dobby the house-elf's former owners: Lucius Malfoy; his son, Draco; and a woman Harry supposed must ...
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apposition: The baby tiger Bobo

I'd like to know which of the following is good English: a. The baby tiger Bobo weighs 20 kilos now. b. Bobo the baby tiger weighs 20 kilos now. If there is more than one baby tiger in the ...
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How to understand: “felony aggravated indecent assault” in this context?

The scene outside the court was quite a spectacle, but inside, Cosby was given some relatively good news. While his conviction on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault had the potential ...
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Using the word “native” in non-restrictive appositives

Which way is grammatically correct, using it as an adjective ("native") or as a noun ("a native" or "the native")? Alice Shimmer, native of Shiksenburg, was less forthcoming about the ...
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Negation with an appositive containing multiple elements

I don't like the names Axel and Brook. I don't like the names Axel or Brook. I don't like the name Axel, and I don't like the name Brook. I don't like the name Axel or the name Brook. Which ...
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Comma usage names

One helpful set of terms is essential vs. nonessential. When the identifier makes sense in the sentence by itself, then the name is nonessential and you use a comma before it. Otherwise, no comma. ...
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Does it matter which way I order appositives?

Which is correct? A person sued BigCorp, the biggest company on Earth. A person sued the biggest company on Earth, BigCorp. Are there any semantic differences between the 2 sentences? Is ...
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What's the grammar of “What was it you said?”?

"Zootopia" around 00:40:49/01:48:32 Scene 17: Running the Plate [Judy and Nick leave the Oasis; Nick turns to Judy, straightening his tie] Nick Wilde: Well, I had a ball. You are welcome ...
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repeated/redefined nouns

How do you parse the second occurrence of beds in the quote below? The garden, surrounded by tall fuschia hedges, had the flower beds worked in complicated geometrical patterns, marked with ...
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Composite subject

"We fellows will also get dressed for dinner." What kind of function does the word "fellows" bear in the sentence above ?
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What is the grammatical function of the bold it in the sentence?

Family planning policy in China takes place against one stark fact. This is that China has 22% of the people in the world, but only 7% of the total land. To allow such a huge population to expand ...
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Is this sentence grammatical? And is it a case of apposition?

Cranston loved this place, a veritable den of iniquity but one which sold good ales, fine wine and delicious food. It's from a book. I am wondering about its grammaticality. Is "a veritable den of ...
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Appositives: Should there be a comma with “that” in this sentence?

While writing a sentence like the one below, should I insert a comma after "that movie"(to mean one and only film) or withhold the comma as it is? Her life was a lot like that movie Sleepless in ...
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Can appositives be composed of adjectives?

I’ve been reading a bit about apposition, and all the examples seem to be revolving around noun phrases. I’m wondering if adjectives can also form appositives. Consider, for instance, the following ...
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Type of phrase in a sentence

Viral encephalitis is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes from infected small animals**, usually birds and rodents,** to humans. In this sentence, what is the structure of ''usually birds and ...
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Should I put a comma or should I keep it restrictive? (Commas with appositives)

In this sentence, should I put a comma (after previous film) to indicate there is only one last/previous film or should I withhold the comma to mean there may be more than one previous/last films? ...
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Is this an example of restrictive appositive? Should there be no commas?

I'm having doubts about the placement of commas in this sentence: Sarah found herself negotiating with producer Rob for his next film, The Tower. If I want to convey that Rob has made multiple ...
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“a … city, one that”: why is there “one” in the apposition?

"The first pillar is the concept of Dubai as a global and multicultural city, one that doesn't discriminate about whom to welcome." Dubai: The Making of a Megapolis by Pranay Gupte Why do we have to ...
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Can we use appositives before the subject?

Good vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, sense of style--all are basic writing skills. Basic writing skills--good vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, sense of style-- can be learned by almost everyone. ...
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“(since they had been) created in order to”: why can an apposition replace a phrase with “since”?

The three of them, that is, The Three Caballeros, the Big Wave Riders, namely Chris, John, and Sky, aliases that act not as nicknames but rather as pseudonyms, created in order to reinvent themselves ...
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old information for appositive structure

1.Malaysia,one of the Southeast Asia country, is the host country of the 2016 SEA Game. 2.Malaysia, the host country of the 2016 SEA Game, is one of the Southeast Asia country. Which sentence is ...
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the usage of comma is “appositive” or not

We had two departments, the Department of English and the Department of Mathematics. In this sentence, I can't decide the usage of comma is "appositive" or not. I don't think it is not appositive ...
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Adjective clauses, phrases and appositives

I know we can reduce adjective clause to adjective phrase. We are able to make appositives when it is possible. Although I have learnt some materials about it, I haven't seen examples with "where" and ...
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“an actress and a singer” or “an actress and singer”

1.Jennifer Lopez, an actresss and singer, is playing tennis. 2.Jennifer Lopez, an actresss and a singer, is playing tennis. I want to know whether the article is used once or twice for emphasis ...
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Can “The month of December” be seen as an appositive structure?

We all know that an appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames another noun right beside it. When I saw this line "The law will take effect starting the month of December", somehow I felt the ...
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Are commas necessary before and/or after a possessive appositive?

Which is correct: It's my daughter's, Mary's, birthday. It's my daughter, Mary's, birthday. It's my daughter, Mary's birthday. It's my daughter Mary's birthday.
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Usage of apposition for time?

I wrote: Pre-Assignments are set immediately after a node is matched, before visiting any child node. The bold part actually rephrase the preceding phrase (italic part). Is it a case of ...
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“whom,them” vs “that, which ” as appositive

Sixty people, most of whom were females, liked the party. Sixty people, most of them were females, liked the party. The animal, which is sick, needs treatments. The animal, that is sick, needs ...
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Can you tell me about the comma in appositives?

Source Upset by the bad call, the crowd cheered Robbie, a hot-tempered tennis player who charged the umpire and tried to crack the poor man's skull with a racket. By using the same concept, I ...
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Use or non-use of the definite article before a proper noun in an appositive phrase

This study compares the immunotoxic effects of repeated administration of two monoclonal antibodies, the ABC-12 (RusBio, lot #1023) and Herceptin (Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland), to rhesus macaques (...
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Noun phrase type: Subject verb adverbial phrase, <noun phrase>

My brother laughed when his sister burped at the dinner table, a common occurrence when root beer was served. What does the phrase in bold modify above? And what is called? To my mind, burping is ...
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Is “Poor them, who hate chocolates” grammatical?

Poor them, who hate chocolates. – V.V. This message was posted a bit ago on Language Overflow, and proved to be more interesting than usual. I wonder if it's grammatical, strictly speaking. ...
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the meaning of “amid claims”

German prosecutors are re-examining the 1919 murder of the communist leader Rosa Luxemburg, amid claims investigators at the time replaced her corpse with that of another woman. Could you explain ...
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Present participle or relative clause: “writing this thing” in “You did too good of a job writing this thing”

You did too good of a job writing this thing. It is understood that "writing" is not a reduced relative clause which modifies job. The anchored subject of "writing" is clearly "you". Then what is the ...
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Article usage in a noun clause: “Tim Courtney, (a?) (the?) chief investment officer of Exencial Wealth Advisors, said..”

I am struggling with using articles in noun clauses. I have seen some examples where an articles is omitted when the following noun is not even uncountable. For example: "Tim Courtney, chief ...
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Articles before profession names: “Ms. Smith, public health nurse, was born…”

I know that, in general, we use an article before a name of a profession. For instance: He is a doctor. But should we put an article in the following cases? Mr. Smith, a doctor, works… Ms....
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Acceptability of the two sentences.?

I am wondering about if these sentences are right. Since I use this kind of English in my daily life and this gives the intended meaning to me. But English teacher do not agree with me. A. His ...
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adding a comma before a description phrase

Do I need to add comma, semicolon or a period here? "There are nasty scars, livid devilish kisses on her snowy innocent arms**,**the marks of injection." What is the linguistic term for "the ...
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her experience growing up in Canada

Encouraged by her teacher, Vanessa decided to enter the short story contest with a story about her experience growing up in Canada. Are "her experience" and "growing up in Canada" in apposition? Is "...
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Relocating an apposition to the end of sentence when it is long

I think I can say An HTML web page, in contrast with a plain text, is commonly referred to as a semi-structured data source. Now if the apposition is too long can I say An HTML web page is ...
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Apposition at the end of sentence

I think in the following sentence I used apposition at the end of sentence, I would like to know is it a correct way to introduce an apposition? If this rule be applied on the elements of the page,...
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We America… and not We Americans -what is this special use?

I was reading articles on the New York Times and found this. None of this means we, America, just have to do what the world wants, but we do have to take it seriously, and we do have to be good ...
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Is it ellipsis or appositive?

"Hassan speaks Cantonese, not Mandarin." I don't know how "not Mandarin." is working here. Is it a parenthetical element? I think ellipsis may occur after comma, but I am not sure. Are there any ...
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Simplified text of Mark Twain: Should there be such a comma in this sentence?

The sentences below are from a simplified text of the short story "Luck" by Mark Twain. And I've found two different versions of the simplified text on Google, with or without a comma: Version 1:...
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help me make sense of the following sentence

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/know-bad-russia-start-hoarding-063454177.html The ruble has sunk 19 percent this month to 61 per dollar even after posting a 10 percent rebound on Wednesday ...
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Can a gerund phrase serve as an appositive?

I had problems starting the car this morning. I had no difficulty passing the exam. I had no trouble finding a place to live. We all had a good time dancing last night. The children have a lot ...